Deleted tweet about big pharma by associate minister for addictions ‘laughably absurd,’ says scientist

published on July 17, 2019 by David Bell in CBC News - Calgary

now-deleted tweet by Jason Luan wondering if the research supporting supervised consumption sites was funded by big pharma, has some questioning his qualifications as Alberta’s associate minister for mental health and addictions.

The tweet read, in part, “How much of the so called ‘evidence-based research’ is funded by the multi billion dollar Pharma industry?” before it was deleted.

A research scientist at the B.C. Centre on Substance Use and assistant professor in the University of British Columbia’s department of medicine called the tweet “laughably absurd.”

“It’s the kind of statement that makes it clear that he is either not engaging with the evidence in good faith or is ill-equipped to actually evaluate the evidence,” Ryan McNeil told CBC News Wednesday…

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